The Honduras Mission Team from Ebenezer Baptist Church in Florence, SC in conjunction with the Carolina Honduras Health Foundation has been serving rural Honduras through medical clinics and outreach since 2005. Upon each visit to the Limon Clinic members of the team have worked with and fallen in love with the children at LHOH. Upon our recent visit in July 2012, we were shocked to find the condition of the orphanage had deteriorated so severely.
They are living in an old rented hotel that is falling down around them. The owner of the hotel took part of the roof off and left it off for weeks, allowing the rain to pour in and saturate everything. Now there is mold and mildew (even black mold) everywhere. It is not safe for the children to stay there. They have had to send children away back into family situations that are not good. The 48 children still living at the orphanage are sick-some of them have been hospitalized-over the last few weeks. None of their 3 toilets were working when we arrived. The septic tank was full. Their bedrooms had urine and waste all over the floor. The roof was leaking very badly right into their storage room where their food was stored. Most of their clothes are molded and mildewed. The conditions were unimaginable. We took photos, but the sights and smells can’t adequately be conveyed in a 2-D medium.
Our construction team did a lot to get their septic system working and get their 3 toilets working. A boardwalk was built to help keep the dirt out of their bedrooms. We still have 48 children in 3 bedrooms more than one child to a twin bed, but we did clean those bedrooms and put fans in the windows to help with air circulation. The leak in the pantry area where the food was stored was very cleverly fixed so the leaking water would go out the window with a gutter system. We moved the beds belonging to the social worker and the director into the main dining hall to get them out of the areas where the mold and mildew was so bad.